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K-State Book Network (KSBN)

Family, Alumni, & Community

You don't have to be an incoming student at K-State to participate in our common reading program. Here are some things you can do with your friends and family.

Read the book

  • Purchase a copy online or from your local bookstore.

  • Borrow a paper copy from your public library. 


  • Watch the film adaptation of the book, and then discuss the merit of the adaptation. Does it add or take away from the novel’s story?
  • Watch commentary or interviews of the author, actors, and others involved in the book and film’s production.


  • Initiate a conversation with your incoming student about the book. 

  • Start a book discussion or use Spare Parts in your book club. You can use the ideas listed on our faculty resource page or come up with your own questions.

  • Check out book reviews and critical essays to help spark well-rounded discussion.

Get Involved

  • Explore the other resources of this website, including recommended books, movies, and websites.

  • Attend the events help on the K-State campus throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Check out robotics teams in your area and learn how to get involved.

  • Volunteer and give back to your community through service. Ask local charities and non-profit organizations how you can help.

Do you have an idea you want to share? Email us at ksbn@k-state.edu and we’ll add it to the list.

~Adapted from Planning Your Community-Wide Read Guide, American Library Association